By Kevin A. Sabet, Special to CNN
updated 12:58 PM EDT, Wed October 2, 2013
(CNN)– “The war on drugs has failed” is a mantra often heard in policy and media circles these days. But not only is the phrase outdated (the 1980s called — they want their slogan back), it is far too simplistic to describe both current drug policy and its outcomes.
The latest incarnation of this ill-advised saying can be found in a report arguing that since cannabis and heroin prices have fallen while their purity has increased, efforts to curb drug use and its supply are doomed to failure. This leads some to highlight the possibility of alternatives in the form of “regulation” (e.g., legalization) of drugs.
But a closer look at the data — and the implications for a policy change to legalization — should give us pause if we care about the dire consequences drug addiction has on society.
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